Nadia Boulanger

Three Pieces for Cello and Piano

Lili Boulanger

Nocturne for Flute and Piano

Lili Boulanger

D’un Matin de Printemps

Gillian Whitehead

Gillian Whitehead

No Stars, Not Even Clouds for String Quartet

Amy Beach

Amy Beach

Selections from Quintet in F-Sharp Minor for Piano and Strings

About This Program

Approximate length 2:00

This program celebrates remarkable composers whose works featured here trace their strength through different channels. At the heart of the program are works by Nadia and Lili Boulanger, the most famous sisters in classical music. The sisters drew upon each other for strength and inspiration, but after Lili’s tragic death at the age of 24, Nadia stopped composing and focused on teaching, becoming the most influential composition teacher of the 20th century. In addition to works by the Boulangers, this program also features pieces by Dame Gillian Whitehead, who wrote No Stars, Not Even Clouds about her close friend’s struggle with cancer; and Amy Beach, whose accomplishments were a beacon in the suffrage movement.


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